4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program (4-H) is the largest out of school youth organization in the U.S. with over 7 million youth members, ages 5 to 19, in approximately 90,000 clubs. There is an outreach agent in every county in the country and each land grant university has a 4-H office that works on curriculum, coordination, and evaluation. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, and life skills of youth primarily through experiential-inquiry based learning programs. While primarily thought of as agriculturally focused, 4-H includes citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs.
Recently, 4-H has taken on its Million Minds Challenge. This program's goal is to get one million new kids involved in science programs, improve their attitudes toward science, and increase their knowledge with the hope that many will choose science careers. Currently, 4-H Science programs reach more than 5 million youth with hands-on learning experiences to ensure global competitiveness and prepare the next generation of science, engineering, and technology leaders.
The Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program serves youth throughout the state in rural, suburban, and urban communities. Youth find out what projects and activities are available to them through their local Cooperative Extension Offices. Adult and teen volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. They coordinate local community clubs and help plan and conduct local, state, national, and international 4-H events. 4-H also trains teachers and other community members.
4-H could be a powerful vehicle to reach K-12 youth in non-classroom settings for inclusion in research proposals that require an outreach program and/or the integration of research, education, and outreach. The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of K-State Research and Extension. This program can assist Principal Investigators in identifying local communities, Extension Agents (field educators are located in all counties across Kansas), and additional potential partners for your proposal. The 4-H Program can also help in the design, development, and implementation of a Kansas youth educational/outreach program for inclusion in your proposal. There is also the potential for working with the 4-H program/Extension Service in other states and around the world. You would need to include the resources (e.g., materials and supplies, curriculum development staff time, teacher stipends) in your proposal budget to fund the development and implementation of the outreach project proposed. For more information, contact Gary Gerhard at email@example.com (785-532-0747).